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Meditation

Mediation is a nice bossa nova. I like the tune, but it's connected to a painful experience for me. The first time it was...

Perdido

Perdido is one of my very favorite jazz tunes. It's such a simple tune, but it's got a great melody, and the changes are...

Do Your Jazz Solos Meander? Guest Post by Rob Walker,...

The dictionary defines meandering as moving aimlessly and idly without direction.  Does that sound like your jazz solos?  When teaching high school and even...

Keeping a List of Jazz Standards

Have you ever shown up to a gig without any idea of what songs you would do? I certainly have. There is a certain...

Learning to Play Authentic Jazz Licks by Brent Jensen (B)

This is part two of Brent Jensen's series on learning licks and creating authentic-sounding jazz lines. This two-part series shows us how a beginning...

Learning to Play Authentic Jazz Licks by Brent Jensen (A)

Brent Jensen, recording artist for Origin Records and Professor of Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho, has done another great post for...

Impressions

Impressions was written by John Coltrane. The changes are identical to Miles Davis' tune So What. Trane recorded "So What" with Miles on Miles'...

There Is No Greater Love

I love this tune! The Real Book has the third chord as an Ab7, though the majority of recordings I've found seem to prefer...

There Will Never Be Another You

I've been fascinated by this jazz standard ever since I was in high school. I was at the Lionel Hampton jazz festival in Moscow,...

Seven Steps to Heaven by Brent Jensen, Step 7

This is the last video for Brent Jensen's series "Seven Steps to Heaven." Brent has been showing us how he approaches learning tunes. Brent...

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